Pete’s best of 2013

For your consideration, here are the music, movies, games, and experiences that stood out for me in 2013.

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Halloween songs no. 18: T.S.O.L. – “Dance with Me”

Dance with MeHere’s another T.S.O.L. song from 1981’s Dance with Me. I chose it because I’m going to see them tonight at the Shakedown Bar. I haven’t seen them in 2 years, since they played the Goldenvoice 30th anniversary thing at the Santa Monica Civic. This one is set to the 1929 Disney Silly Symphony The Skeleton Dance, which we previously saw in the Ministry track I posted as no. 3, and in yesterday’s Nekromantix clip.

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Halloween songs no. 9: T.S.O.L. – “Silent Scream”

Dance with MeHere’s another one from the early LA/OC hardcore scene. T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty) started out with politically-charged hardcore but quickly moved in a more gothic direction in the vein of The Damned, a mood which permeates their debut LP Dance with Me (1981), right down to its grim-reaper-in-the-cemetery cover art. They’d get even more goth-y with the keyboard-driven follow-up Beneath the Shadows (1983), after which the band would be completely overhauled with the departure of singer Jack Grisham, moving in a more hard rock and, eventually, hair metal direction. The original lineup reunited at the turn of the millennium and I’ll be seeing them on the 18th.

There are a couple T.S.O.L. tracks I’ll probably come back to later in the month, but for today I chose “Silent Scream” because it’s filled with classic horror movie imagery and references to Dracula. Appropriately, someone on YouTube set it to clips from Nosferatu.

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